Set in the grounds of a 12th Century abbey, Rufford Country Park offers visitors many statues to see as they walk around the grounds. They have incorporated some of the statues into the children’s play area as well as some grander settings. One of the favourite statues is this stone carving.
The Golden Hand
Vicar Water is home to the eye-catching 10ft tall ‘The Golden Hand’. This statue was commissioned as part of the Sustrans National Cycle Route which runs through the heart of the Clipstone Park. The statue was originally weathered into silver but has since been returned to its original gold.
Maid Marian and Robin Hood
There is one story in this district which everyone knows and loves. When Sherwood Forest is mentioned the tale of Robin Hood comes instantly to mind. This statue, a tribute to the romance between Robin Hood and Maid Marian, is situated close to the church in Edwinstowe where they reputedly married. The area is steeped in the legend of Robin Hood, the Major Oak is just a short walk away, and the Sherwood Forest visitor’s centre is close by as well.
Robin can be found hiding in Sherwood Forest - see if you can find him!
The Queen’s Sconce
This 3 acre structure was built by royalist forces during the English Civil War to guard the southern approach to Newark. The sconce is in the shape of a 4 pointed star formed by huge earth ramparts. These would originally have held a wooden palisade with cannon. To commemorate the sieges of the Civil War, this cannon statue stands on the south eastern point of the sconce.
The Riverside Walk in Newark is the perfect area for quiet picnics as well as large events. It has beautiful views of the castle and river as well as containing several pieces of public art, including a gnomon sundial.
Next to Newark Library is a park with two pieces of sculpture. One commemorates the civil war and shows a Cavalier and Roundhead soldier. The other is a glass sculpture by local artist Richard Thornton to commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. The sculpture is based on the town's history and position.
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